Computational thinking will be a fundamental skill used by everyone by the middle of the 21st Century. Just like reading, writing and arithmetic.

Wing (2011) Computational Thinking

Creative Computing Subject Specialism

Making the icons

Children looking at laptops and laughing

If you are innovative, creative, enjoy tinkering with technology and want to lead a subject that motivates and makes real connections with children, then this is for you. You need to possess a willingness to embrace new ideas, not be a computer expert.

The new Computing curriculum is so fresh that when you graduate most primary schools will not have the knowledge or expertise to deliver it creatively. You will be highly employable and able to lead schools in embedding 21st Century teaching and learning skills.

The specialism will provide a systematic and critical introduction to creative computing, information technology and digital literacy.

Photo of the Creative Computing teaching team
The Creative Computing teaching team (sans Keith)

What are the necessary attributes of a Creative Computing specialist?

NB: You don’t need to be a computer whizz kid or have any specialist qualifications.

  • prepared to take risks
  • get enjoyment from solving problems
  • resilient (with technology things don’t always go right the first time)
  • curious
  • want to ignite children’s curiosity through digital tools

Why would choosing Creative Computing be a good career move?

A new curriculum is due to be published next year and we’re expecting a fresh, new approach to this subject.

Our 4th year specialists will tell you that NQTs with skills in this area are in demand.

It is highly likely that being one of the first people with knowledge and skills in this subject you will be in a great position to take a leadership role in the school.

This subject specialism is all about developing an understanding of the 21st Century skills that are so essential to our children’s futures.

What experiences can I expect if I choose Creative Computing?

  • an opportunity to critique and create various digital media products such as games, apps, films, podcasts and other e-learning resources
  • learn really useful stuff like how to write code
  • apply your subject knowledge in the classroom context and develop a deeper understanding of the impact of digital technologies on learning more broadly

What do our current specialists have to say about their choice?

Want to see some examples of work produced by students in previous years?

The making of a giant iPhone

iCompute 2013: Twitter list

Children having fun programming in Scratch
Children having fun programming in Scratch
Children having fun programming in Scratch

What a great afternoon we’ve had today. I think everyone, including the presenters, left with loads of great ideas and lots to think about. If you missed the event then you might want to take a look at the #iCompute2013 Twitter feed. We aim to post some of the presentations and a few photos from the event on this site next week. So watch this space.

In the meantime here is a big #FollowFriday Twitter list as requested by @JoshCassady:

@codeclub CodeClub
@ClareSutcliffe Clare Sutcliffe (CodeClub)
@pmp4 Paul Platts (ICT Learning & Teaching Consultant, Brighton & Hove City Council)
@ictast Simon Cobb (Barcombe CE Primary School)
@mrjonesICT John Jones (International School of Monaco)
@JenOFee Jenny O’Fee (International School of Monaco)
@katiepiatt Katie Piatt (UoB eLearning Services Manager)
@michaelrose Michael Rose (PGCE Primary student)
@pegleggen Genevieve Smith-Nunes (CAS Hub Leader)
@fairydust898 Laura Kelsey (Balfour Primary School)
@mypageontheweb Sam White (Peacehaven Community School)
@farmerswife677 Amanda Foley (St Thomas A Becket RC Infant School)

Apologies to anyone that I might have missed off this list.

Brighton Youth Film Festival

Brighton Youth Film Festival is an annual digital film festival for young people, from 0 to 18 years old, from anywhere on the planet.

Take a look at the video below to find out more about this great event which will be taking place in Brighton this Summer. If you’re interested in being involved in some way (e.g. running or helping to run a film making or animation workshop) then let Jeremy or Lis know or contact the organisers via the Brighton Youth Film Festival website.

Google orders a whole lot of Raspberry Pi

Here’s an interesting Raspberry Pi story, reported by Peter Twinning in his EdFutures bliki:

Google are working in partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to give over 15,000 Raspberry Pis to pupils in UK schools. Apparently Google have committed £1million to this venture. OCR will be providing teaching and learning packs to go with the Raspberry Pis.